Memorize the Mass!

Memorize the Mass!

Memorize the Mass!: How to Know and Love the Mass as if your Life depended on It

by Dr. Kevin Vost

A downed U.S. fighter pilot survived nearly eight years in a brutal North Vietnamese POW camp by repeating the Mass to himself each day, in Latin and in English. A Maryknoll bishop survived nearly a dozen years confined by Chinese Communists through daily mental recitation of the Mass. When finally released, he actually celebrated the Mass while still his hospital bed – and clad in his pajamas!

Do you know and love the Mass as if your life depended on it?

In his bestseller Memorize the Faith! Kevin Vost harnessed the memory methods of Sts. Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas to help us memorize key elements of the faith, from the 10 Commandments, to the 20 Rosary Mysteries, to all 73 books of the Bible, and more.

In Memorize the Reasons! he called again on the methods of the great Catholic medieval memory masters to show us how to defend the reasons for what we believe, from the primacy of Peter, to the Marian dogmas, to the relationship of Scripture and Tradition in the Holy Catholic Church.

Now, in Memorize the Mass! Dr. Vost applies the powerful methods of the Catholic art of memory once more to all the parts and rites of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, both in the Novus Ordo or Ordinary Form and in the Extraordinary Form or Traditional Latin Mass. Readers will learn not merely how to memorize facts and repeat them like a parrot, but to come to know the names, the sequence, and the meanings of both forms of the Roman Rite of the Mass like a rational human being made in God’s image and likeness with an intellect and a will, and they will learn to engrave each and every one of those rites upon the tablets of their hearts, knowing them literally forward and backward!

Do you want to know and love the Mass as if your life depended on it? (For in a real sense, it sure does for us all!) Then open up Memorize the Mass! and begin to participate in the celebration of Christ’s Real Presence before us in a way you may not have imagined before.

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[Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.]

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TESTIMONIALS

“We aren’t supposed to merely follow along with the Missal – we’re called to partake and share in the Mass. Exploring the history and structure of the Mass, Dr. Vost beautifully outlines the fullness and graces that come with committing the Mass to memory in our hearts and minds.” – Shaun McAfee, author of Filling our Father’s House (Sophia Press, 2015)


“Kevin Vost, author of Memorize the Faith! and Memorize the Reasons!, invites us back down memory lane with his newest book: Memorize the Mass! Like his previous works, Memorize the Mass! combines tools for memorization with faith facts, this time about Mass. No one encourages us in our journey quite like Vost does with his wit and grasp of the all things Catholic. Perfect for all ages and sojourners, Memorize the Mass! is sure to become “the” book that gets picked up again and again!” – Cheryl Dickow, President, Bezalel Books, www.BezalelBooks.com


“I have come across many fine books about the Eucharist, but precious few about the history and structure of the Mass, and certainly none also aimed at committing both the Novus Ordo and Extraordinary Form to memory! Memorize the Mass! is thrilling – filled with biblical, historical, and theological insights about the rites of the Mass that I haven’t found anywhere else. The good doctor Vost has given us a powerful prescription for a more ardent and devout reception of the “medicine of immortality,” our Eucharistic Lord.” – Shane Kapler, author of Through, With, and In Him: The Prayer Life of Jesus and How to Make It Our Own (Angelico Press, 2014)


“Dear Dr Vost, I’ve enjoyed a number of your previous books, but Memorize the Mass is by far the best. I’ve just started it and am enjoying it so much. I love the way you’ve given the exercise meaning and placed memorization in historical context. But most of all, I’m enjoying actively participating in learning. It’s my first session and already I’ve covered the names of the first seven parts of the mass. I’m soon to start RCIA and noticed last week that I was beginning to feel comfortable with mass, this just makes it so much better. I’m looking forward to Sunday even more than usual. Thankyou so much for this great book, Yours, Julie Sienkowski” (Fan, 2016)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Vost holds a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. He has taught at Aquinas College in Nashville, the University of Illinois at Springfield, Mac-Murray College, and Lincoln Land Community College. He has served as a research review committee member for American Mensa, a society promoting the scientific study of human intelligence, and as an advisory board member for the International Association of Resistance Trainers, an organization that certifies personal fitness trainers. Dr. Vost drinks great drafts of coffee while studying timeless, Thomistic tomes in the company of his wife, two sons, and their two dogs, in Springfield, Illinois.

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Taming the Lion Within: 5 Steps from Anger to Peace

Taming the Lion Within: 5 Steps from Anger to Peace

Taming the Lion Within: 5 Steps from Anger to Peace

by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Five steps to help people overcome uncontrolled or over-reactive anger. Steps include admitting being angry person: identifying the anger: physical, psychological and spiritual perspectives about causes of the bad kind of anger: dealing with anger day by day: and letting Jesus bring the lion to lie down with the lamb. (workbook – 59 pp.) Listen to an Interview by Mary Schwarz on the Rivers of Living Water program at WCAT Radio.

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TESTIMONIALS

When I read this book in preparation for Lent in 2008, it changed the way I understood my interpersonal relationships. I decided to give up on anger, which I realized I was cultivating within me as a relationship-management tool. Like the Emperor Palpatine, I’d convinced myself that my hate is what made me powerful, but love, Dr. Ronda taught me through the pages of this workbook, is more powerful than hate, peace more life-affirming than anger. Get some copies of this book and a group of friends, and you’ll too learn how to tame the lion within! – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ronda Chervin has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. She is a convert to the Catholic faith from a Jewish but atheistic background. She has been a professor at Loyola Marymount University, St. John’s Seminary of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Our Lady of Corpus Christi, and Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut. More than fifty books of hers have been published by Catholic presses in the area of philosophy and spirituality. Dr. Ronda presents on EWTN and Catholic radio. She is a dedicated widow and grandmother. Her many books include Quotable SaintsHealing Meditations from the Gospel of St. JohnCatholic RealismVoyage to InsightWeeping with Jesus, Healing of Rejectionand The Way of Love: The Path of Inner Transformation

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Missionary Priests in the Homeland: Our Call to Receive

Missionary Priests in the Homeland: Our Call to Receive

Missionary Priests in the Homeland: Our Call to Receive

by Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, and Bishop Richard Henning

International priests have served the Roman Catholic Church in the United States since its inception. With congregations consisting largely of immigrants or Spanish and French speaking Catholics absorbed by the expansion of US territory, it was only natural that the clergy reflected the remarkable mixture of ethnicities in the Church. New communities lacked the ‘home-grown’ vocations of more established communities, and the nascent Church needed to recruit or welcome priests and religious from other countries and cultures. It is for these priests and their missionary zeal that this book came to be.
 
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ABOUT THE EDITORS

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, is Associate Director of the Parresia Project,  Vice-President of External Affairs and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, CT.
 
Dr. Mahfood has worked for almost two decades in US seminaries and theological institutes advancing the work of missionary priests and seminarians from around the globe.
 
In addition to his work with missionary priests and seminarians in the U.S., Dr. Mahfood has made possible the enrollment at Holy Apostles of five dozen Eritrean priests, religious sisters, and lay ministers in the pursuit of their graduate studies 100% online. He is presently assisting the Christian Social Services Commission and Diocese of Tabora, Tanzania, in the development of an online educational program of studies. He serves as the senior co-chair of the Faith-Based Online Learning Directors group.

The Most Reverend Richard G. Henning, STD is a native of Long Island, New York, where he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1992. After pastoral work in English and Spanish at St. Peter of Alcantara Parish, he began graduate studies in biblical theology, earning a Licentiate at the Catholic University of America and a Doctorate at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

Bishop Henning served for ten years as a Professor at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. During those years, Bishop Henning partnered with Dr. Sebastian Mahfood to establish and oversee the Parresia Project. This multi-year project provided conferences for clergy personnel and formation leaders and promoted the incorporation of distance learning methodologies into the process of providing orientation to arriving international priests and the communities they serve.

In 2012, Bishop Henning was appointed Director of the Sacred Heart Institute for the Ongoing Formation of the Clergy. While serving as an adjunct Professor at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, he was also entrusted with the direction of a major retreat house on Long Island at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.

In 2018, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Henning as an auxiliary bishop. In the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Bishop Henning is a regional Vicar as well as Vicar for Pastoral Planning and Parish Evangelization. He is a trustee of St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY. In the USCCB, he serves on the Doctrine Committee, the Subcommittee on Translation of Scripture Text, and the Subcommittee of National Collections for the Church in Latin America.

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The Obligation of Perfect and Perpetual Continence and Married Deacons in the Latin Church

The Obligation of Perfect and Perpetual Continence and Married Deacons in the Latin Church

The Obligation of Perfect and Perpetual Continence and Married Deacons in the Latin Church

by Rev. Anthony McLaughlin, J.C.D.

Through the reception of diaconate a man becomes a cleric. Canon 277 §1 states: “Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of Heaven and therefore are bound to celibacy….” Accordingly, it would seem that clerics have two distinct obligations: sexual continence (no sexual relations) and celibacy (no marriage) with continence presented as the fundamental norm. With the restoration of the permanent diaconate by Paul VI in 1967 and the admission of married men to this order, a fundamental question arises: “Are married deacons, though dispensed from the obligation of celibacy, unless their wife dies, obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence?” This book addresses that question.

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REVIEWS

A Review of Father Anthony McLaughlin’s The Obligation of Perfect and Perpetual Continence And Married Deacons in the Latin Church by Fr. Peter Stravinskas, The Catholic Response (Nov.-Dec. 2018), p. 60.

Father McLaughlin delves into a history not frequently trod as he demonstrates, rather conclusively, that in the Early Church deacons were held to perfect continence (even if they were married). Indeed, I have always maintained that the consent of wives during the ordination of permanent deacons is a relic of the ancient practice, whereby wives publicly agreed to the future continence of their husbands (and thus, their own). I suspect that not a few permanent deacons will not be thrilled with this work, however, it is an important contribution to the history of this office, with serious implications for how that vocation ought to be lived today.

A Review of Father Anthony McLaughlin’s The Obligation of Perfect and Perpetual Continence And Married Deacons in the Latin Church by Deacon Marty McIndoe

As a Permanent Deacon ordained in 1980, I was intrigued by the title of this work. I knew that perpetual continence meant abstaining from all sexual relations, and nowhere in my training as a deacon was I told that was an obligation. I have been happily married for 49 years, and sexual intimacy has been a very important part of my relationship to my wife. I would find it hard to believe that the Church would ever mandate that a married deacon be continent. If that were the case, I would never have considered becoming a deacon. I do realize that by becoming a married permanent deacon, I was taking on the obligation of celibacy if my wife were to die. I thought hard about that, and felt that hopefully it wouldn’t happen, and if it did, I would have the grace to do what I was obliged to do. I see practical and spiritual reasons for celibacy. I see no practical or even spiritual reasons for continence in a happily married young couple. I was one of the youngest members of my class to be ordained. I was dispensed of the 35-year-old requirement and was ordained at age 33. I have been ordained for almost 38 years, and I absolutely love my ministry as deacon. My wife is a big help in my ministry and I give thanks for the gift that she is to me and to my vocation as a deacon.

I received an advanced e-copy of this book and was asked to read and review it. As soon as I saw the title, I knew that I wanted to. I found this work to be extremely interesting and exceptionally well-researched. The book spends a considerable amount of time looking at how celibacy, chastity and continence developed in the Church from the New Testament times to the present day. It refers back to scriptures, traditions, early church writers, modern theologians, council documents and canon law. It is probably the most thorough writing on celibacy, chastity, and continence that I have ever encountered. If you want to know more about the Church’s development of the concepts of chastity, celibacy and continence, this is the book to read. It also deals with related issues such as marriage and procreation.

After reading this piece, I see that there still exists more clarification needed from the Church on what she did in making permanent married deacons. There is no doubt that ordaining married deacons has been a great benefit to the Church. The fruits of this can be seen in so many places. However, this is a big diversion from the traditional norms of the Church concerning celibacy, chastity, and continence. Having married clergy who are not continent is something quite new, at least on the scale of the current permanent diaconate. Married clergy is not new to the Church, but they have previously been required to be continent. Even the latest canon law is unclear and in at least one place seems to mandate that permanent deacons remain continent. This is not what is presently taught and practiced and apparently not what the Vatican Council seems to have meant in creating the married permanent diaconate. It is an intriguing quandary.

I would certainly recommend that anyone who is interested in looking at the development of celibacy, chastity and continence within the Church read this book. I also believe that permanent deacons would especially be interested in this book. Since considerable amount of time is spent on canon law, I would think that anyone interested in, or studying canon law should read this book.

TESTIMONIALS

“Fr. McLaughlin addresses an often neglected area of ecclesial discipline. Hopefully, good scholarship will encourage further study.” — Most Reverend Joseph E. Strickland, Bishop of Tyler, Texas

Fr. Anthony’s book is a great help in understanding the commitment being made by those who answer the call to the permanent diaconate— Fr. Luis Luna, MSA, General Animator of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rev. Anthony McLaughlin, J.C.D., a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, has served Holy Apostles as its Vice Rector and as Professor of Canon Law and Homiletics since 2017.

Fr. McLaughlin was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Tyler, TX, in 1997 and most recently served as Vicar General of the diocese and President of Tyler’s Bishop Gorman Catholic School.

He previously served as Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, Judicial Vicar of the diocese, judge of the diocesan tribunal and Defender of the Bond.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Fr. McLaughlin returned to CUA as assistant professor of Canon Law and director of the Institute on Matrimonial Tribunal Practice.

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Bereavement Miracles

Bereavement Miracles

Bereavement Miracles

by Michael Frey

The Bereavement Miracles program was designed to play a quintessential role in evangelizing the “spirit of  mission” to individuals who are suffering from the death of a loved one by relating eternal realities in a systematic program/approach that integrates understanding of human sorrow to the nature of divine love and renewal. It has twelve steps as follows:

Step One: Due to the loss of a loved one, we admitted that our lives have become unmanageable.

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Listen to “WCAT Bereavement Miracles Step 1” on Spreaker.

Step Two: We came to believe that God will restore us back to a productive and happier life.

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Step Three: We made a decision to turn our grief and sorrow over to the care of God, as we understand Him.

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Step Four: We made a searching and fearless examination of conscience.

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Step Five: We admitted to God, ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our feelings, thoughts and doubts.

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Step Six: We asked God to remove all shortcomings of mixed emotions that are affecting our lives.

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Step Seven: We humbly asked God to remove our self-centeredness.

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Step Eight: We made a list of all people, places and things that we shared in common and became willing to let go of emotional circumstances and misunderstandings, thereby allowing us to examine our memories with a clear conscience.

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Step Nine: We made a decision to develop new friendships wherever and whenever possible.

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Step Ten: We continued to take personal inventory, and when we found ourselves reverting back into self-professed blame and hopelessness, we reached out to others and programs like Bereavement Miracles to discover the Spirit of God’s consoling love in our Mother of unity and hope.

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Step Eleven: Through the sharing and caring of the Bereavement Miracles fellowship, we rallied ourselves with God at our side, praying only for “thy will be done.”

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Step Twelve: Through God’s healing presence brought about by these twelve steps, we carried a message of hope, joy and encouragement to others, thanking God in worship and praise, seeking to rise in the service of God our Lord to greater perfection.

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TESTIMONIALS

“Because of this program, I now remember my late husband as he truly was. My memories aren’t tainted by misplaced guilt. I have been able to remember my husband with a sense of joy-and actually be happy for him that he is at peace in heaven.” Barbara, Wallingford, CT


“The program was well thought through combining our faith and fellowship. The healing power of the Holy Spirit could truly be felt. The program brought us together in unity and hope and dispelled feelings of guilt.” Monica, Northford, CT


“At first I was skeptical about attending, but after attending I realized I had nothing to be afraid about. It helped me to open up to myself and about my feelings.” Don, Meriden, CT


“After my son’s death by suicide I stopped having faith in God, now I do believe after being in this program.” Anonymous, Meriden, Connecticut


“We just finished our program last evening with a pot-luck before the meeting.  It was a lovely and appreciated end.  Participants and leaders were helped by the spiritual approach to grieving.  They have benefited personally and hope to better help others.  We received six questionnaires thus far from the sixteen who completed the program, all positive, and they would recommend the program.  We had a very dedicated group of leaders and they are a great blessing to this ministry. Thank you, Mike, for your help too in this very important ministry. We plan to carry on with monthly gatherings until our next program, possibly twice a year.”

 Fr. Jim O’Connor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Frey is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Meriden, CT, and they have two children, Jillian and James. In the course of his life and his work, he is dedicated to evangelizing the Catholic faith. His Bereavement Miracles program is truly the work of the Holy Spirit.

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  • The cover image was created by Monica Frey and is entitled “The Seal of Unity and Hope.” Click here for Monica’s description of it.

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How to Flourish in a Fallen World

How to Flourish in a Fallen World

How to Flourish in a Fallen World

by Dr. Donald DeMarco

How to Flourish in a Fallen World, by Donald DeMarco, engages the reader in an understanding of our common human nature and the problems it faces in a culture that actively pursues, to put it in Saint John Paul II’s terms, a freedom of indifference over a freedom for excellence. Dr. DeMarco’s conclusion is a simple one: “We can flourish in a fallen world by taking advantage of the many gifts that are available to us while living within the truth of our being.” In a world of complex problems, it is refreshing to know that such a simple solution is available to us – we merely have to live the truth in love, and we’ll find that we restore by so doing mankind to his proper state.
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TESTIMONIALS

Don DeMarco in his How to Flourish in a Fallen World provides direction in how to navigate through what Benedict XVI once called our “painful between state.”  As human beings we aspire to and are born for a more perfect world that only can be fulfilled in the life to come.  These heavenly aspirations inspire us, after the example of the saints, to pattern our earthly existence after heavenly realities while being aware of our proclivity to sin and that this world is passing.  This book gives the reader intellectual incentives toimprove our earthly existence and, at the same time, helps to temper the reader’s enthusiasm to improve this world by its clear awareness of our fallen state. – Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer, MSA, author of Political Science from a Catholic Perspective

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donald DeMarco, author of 28 books, including most recently How to Flourish in a Fallen World and Ten Major Moral Mistakes and How they are Destroying Society, is a Senior Fellow of Human Life International. He is professor emeritus at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario, and an adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. He is a regular columnist for St. Austin Review and has written over a hundred articles for the website Truth and Charity. He is a board member of the NY Social Justice Review for Our Lady of Wisdom College in Ontario, Canada, and Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. In June, 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Bishop Exner Award for “Catholic Excellence in Public Life.”

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